Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments

12 Dec 2014

Russian national operator Rostelecom will begin laying the Kamchatka-Sakhalin-Magadan underwater fibre-optic link in the second quarter of 2015, representatives of the telco’s Far East Federal District branch have informed Interfax. The company has already completed surveys and preparatory work on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk in Kamchatka. Kamchatka Territory is now one of the few Russian regions where data transmission services are provided only with satellite communications channels. The 1,855km cable will have a capacity of 8Tbps and is scheduled to be put into operation in June 2016. Rostelecom claims that the proposed route is four times shorter than the terrestrial route between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, which runs through unpopulated areas in a region with permafrost and harsh climatic conditions.

Optical transport systems vendor Infinera, in partnership with Telefonica UK, has deployed the Infinera DTN-X packet-optical transport platform across Network Rail’s railway infrastructure in the United Kingdom, delivering an advanced communications network to underpin Network Rail’s connectivity options. Network Rail Telecom (NRT) is Network Rail’s national telecoms management and service provision arm, managing over 16,000km of fibre-optic cable which extends to the farthest reaches of the rail network in England, Wales, and Scotland. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, last month Network Rail applied to Ofcom for powers that would allow it to extend its ‘FTNx’ fibre-optic network so that NRT can offer wholesale services to other telecoms providers.

GlobeNet, a wholesale provider of Latin and North America data network services, has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X packet optical transport networking platform across its North America routes in the Northeast and South Florida. GlobeNet’s submarine cable network spans 23,500km, linking cable landing stations in Tuckerton (New Jersey) and Boca Raton (Florida) with cable landing stations in Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, St. David’s, Bermuda, Barranquilla, Colombia and Maiquetía, Venezuela.

ESB Telecoms, the telecoms arm of Irish state-owned utility company ESB, has launched a new high-capacity DWDM network throughout Ireland based on Coriant’s hiT 7300 multi-haul optical transport systems. The deployment supports ESB’s mission to provide high-bandwidth services for its wholesale and enterprise customers. In the summer, ESB announced that it would roll out a fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network in partnership with Vodafone. The new network will offer enhanced transmission speeds of up to 100Gbps and enable ESB to cost-effectively scale to meet growing bandwidth requirements in the future.

The nine nations comprising the Smart Africa Alliance Initiative have set a target to raise USD300 billion by 2020 to deliver key ICT infrastructure with the objective of achieving total connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa. Countries involved in the alliance include Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Chad and Uganda. In a meeting held on the side-lines of the ongoing ITU Telecom World 2014 conference in Doha, Qatar, the alliance of nations together with partners in ICT resolved to unlock the potential of ICT to enable their countries achieve sustainable development.

Hawaiian Telcom recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first trans-Pacific undersea cable that connected Hawaii, Japan and the US mainland. Back in June 1964 the Trans Pacific Cable 1 (TPC-1) was inaugurated by President Lyndon B Johnson and Japan’s Premier Hayato Ikeda. Hawaiian Telcom (then Hawaiian Telephone Company), American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T), and Kokusai Denshin Denwa International (KDDI) of Japan partnered to build it, sharing the USD83 million cost. Now defunct, TPC-1 was composed of three cable networks: TPC-1 connecting Japan with Hawaii via Guam, Midway and Wake; HAW-1 and HAW-2 connecting Hawaii with the mainland US; and the Guam-Philippines Cable. TPC-1 was also cross connected at Hawaii with COMPAC, the British Commonwealth cable linking Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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